Phases, Facets & Faces of Forgiveness
For God so loved the world, that He sent Jesus to redeem man and forgive all offenses. In response to God’s love for mankind, no interpersonal or intrapersonal discussion could be complete without mentioning forgiveness. While the topic of forgiveness has been researched and discussed from many different angles, each act of forgiveness is like claiming a multi-faceted jewel for the crown of life. As an illustration, ponder this for a moment; precious jewels can only be mined and appreciated after going through phases of pressure, and then the face of the stones are cut into facets that reveal its brilliance. The more jewels collected, the brighter the individual shines. Just as diamonds are rated by clarity, cut, and color, each act of an unforgiving episode only dims the light of the soul on this stage of life. Then, in subsequent scenes, the lack of forgiveness plays out in dramas that can impede clarity of thought, cut close ties with loved ones, and color every conversation with bitter thoughts and responses.
Surely, some will say that this is an overstatement, but I challenge skeptics to study the vast amount of scientific research that has been published on the benefits of forgiveness. I was fortunate enough to spend an entire semester studying the topic and was amazed by the research findings. In short, some of the most interesting studies showed how parents who modeled forgiveness empowered their children to reap the benefit of healthier relationships.
By the end of the semester, I was most intrigued by the thought that God “fore-gave” mankind or more succinctly, He actually sent Jesus to “fore-give” His life, even before we were born and thought about sinning against Him. While this word association was intriguing, what was more interesting is the notion that God already knew who would betray each of us; hurt, or manipulate others and He still chose/chooses to forgive. More importantly, He knows the damage that can be done when we choose not to forgive. In return, He promises to restore anything that was lost in the process. This is the justice in God’s forgiveness.
For example, it is like getting into a car accident and the other driver says, “I’m sorry, my dad will handle it.” Then the dad instantly appears with a better car and pays a little extra for the trouble. Forgiveness works in much the same way, while it is not instant, God promises to take care of the damages and makes sure His children are covered or compensated for any losses. In essence, forgiveness can also be seen as the premium (or payment) we make on the insurance or assurance of God’s favor.
Phases, Facets & Faces of Forgiveness Part II
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